Dia Adams, Travel Hack TravelingMom

Dia Adams, Travel Hack TravelingMom

Dia Adams is a Mom of two elementary school kids in the DC Metro area. Between growing up foreign service and working in consulting, she built up a serious love of travel that included visiting over 30 countries and living in Thailand, China, and Ireland (where her son was born). With extensive trial (and occasional error) her family has learned to balance passion for travel with the reality of, well, real life with two kids. Dia blogs at TheDealMommy.com to share hacks that help families travel more while still maintaining their savings and sanity.


Six Best Hacks for Saving Money on Cruises

We love cruises here at Traveling Mom. We love them for multi-gen trips and girlfriend getaways. We love the varied excursions, the gourmet dining, and the kids’ clubs. The only thing we don’t love are the prices. Fortunately, we are happy to share our six best hacks for saving money on cruises. This post is written in partnership with Ebates. Opinions are writer’s own.  Look for Off-Peak Pricing Cruise prices are based on supply and demand. For instance, if your family can only cruise Christmas week, you’re going to be stuck with Christmas week pricing. By going two weeks...

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Disneyland on a Budget: The TravelingMom Guide

Disneyland is a dream destination, but the prices can seem out of reach. Learn TravelingMom’s tips and tricks for visiting Disneyland on a budget. I’m a fan of giving experiences over gifts. For my daughter’s birthday I surprised her with a trip to Disneyland.  I was able to give her an over-the-top trip to Disneyland on a budget. Getting to Disneyland on a Budget Since we traveled from the East Coast, flying was the only option. To get to California I used Southwest Airlines’ companion pass. I achieved the pass last year via two credit card signup bonuses and still...

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2018 Washington DC Cherry Blossoms: 4 Viewing Tips

Visiting the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. is a must-do. But if not done correctly, it can be the pits! Cherry blossom experts have just announced the estimated Cherry Blossom peak dates for 2018. Read on for the details and learn a few tips to make the most of the iconic annual event. When the DC Cherry Blossoms Will Peak in 2018 It’s Cherry Blossom season!  Droves of tourists, many for the first time, attack the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. That’s the area that has the nearly 1,700 trees around the Jefferson Memorial. The Cherry Blossom peak dates...

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2018 Disney World Ticket Price Increase: How to Find Discount Disney World Tickets

The dreaded day has come: the 2018 Disney World ticket price increase. Fortunately, you can still get discount Disney World tickets: but you have to act fast! Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams has the scoop. How to Beat Disney World Ticket Price Increase Disney World announced its annual ticket prices for 2018, and as usual they have gone up. Prices have increased across the board on both single and multi-day tickets. This comes as no surprise to most Disney fans. Add Toy Story Land coming this summer to Hollywood Studios to record attendance levels and the sum is bound to...

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Amazon Sample Boxes: Free Travel Size Products After Credits!

Have you heard of Amazon Sample Boxes? If not, have we got a treat for you! Learn how to score hundreds of dollars in free travel-sized goodies after Amazon credit with this, the latest (and one of the coolest) travel hacks from our Travel Hack TravelingMom. Amazon Travel Hack: Free Travel Size Products My 11-year-old daughter has become a shampoo snob. She recently informed me that hotel shampoos just weren’t going to cut it and that we needed to pack better quality hair care. I can’t say that I blame her. Most hotel toiletries are a bit industrial for...

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Marseille for Kids: The Traveling Mom Guide

Marseille, France is a living, breathing French city often overlooked by tourists on their way to Provence or the French Riviera. That’s a real shame. If you’re looking to see France as the French do, Marseille for kids is a unique and fun getaway. Even better, Marseille is a terrific value. Before I tell you about Marseille, I should share a confession: I tend to love destinations others overlook and feel “meh” about places others rave about.  For instance, in Italy I didn’t love Rome, but did love Naples.  So while I enjoy Parisian shopping as much as the...

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4 STEM Activities in Chicago That Aren’t in a Museum

Trying to add some education to your travels? Sure, you can visit a museum, but if you want kids to fully enjoy the experience it helps to step outside of the box. Check out Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams’ tips for real-world STEM Activities in Chicago. I’m so happy to see the “being smart is cool” and “girls love science” attitude that comes from my ten year old daughter and her friends. It’s such a change from when I was in school. We are big fans of girls only trips, so I took advantage of the wide range of STEM...

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Buenos Aires for Families: The Traveling Mom Guide

Buenos Aires conjures up images of romance, tango and all sorts of grown-up pleasures. But is it good for kids? Travel Hack Traveling Mom Dia Adams recently visited and is happy to share her finds in Buenos Aires for families. This summer we spent five weeks in South America. Before visiting, it was challenging for me to find good information about things to do with kids. I wanted to share with you what I found once I got to Buenos Aires: a city that welcomes families with open arms. Here are some of our favorite things to do in...

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Giveaway! Win a My Cloud Home: Traveling Mom’s New Favorite Tech Solution

Traveling Mom recently reviewed Western Digital’s My Cloud Home personal storage solution and loved it. The tech solution is not only a one stop shop for all of your vacation photos, it is also a time and money saver. Even better, we’re hosting a My Cloud Home giveaway! My Cloud Home from Western Digital is a solution that keeps all of your digital stuff organized and all in one place. I recently tested the My Cloud Home and am happy to report that it exceeded expectations. The My Cloud Home is a fool-proof way to keep your digital life...

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6 Must Dos at National Harbor With Kids

National Harbor, Maryland is off the radar for many Washington DC visitors. That’s a shame as National Harbor is both right down the river and worlds apart from the nation’s Capitol. Check out DC Native and Travel Hack TravelingMom Dia Adams’ tips for visiting National Harbor with kids. National Where? “I want a girls’ getaway to National Harbor for my birthday party.” My ten-year-old daughter had the right idea. There’s so much to do at National Harbor with kids. We packed up her two best friends and headed over the Woodrow Wilson bridge for a staycation. But before I...

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